The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to find out which of your neighbors secretly have pools. Put your eyes in the skies with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $142 for a two-hour introduction to paragliding course and tandem flight for one (a $250 value)
- $262 for a two-hour introduction to paragliding course and tandem flight for two (a $500 value)
Certified instructors acclimate students to paragliding equipment and run through ground-handling techniques that simulate launch procedures during a two-hour introductory course. An initial 10- to 20-minute instructional tandem flight whets patrons’ pilot appetites by letting them steer and coast above the trees and mountainous panoramas of Glenwood Springs. Flights take place between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.; click here to see FAQs.
When soaring past the Rocky Mountains surrounding Glenwood Springs, trees seem to be the size of pinecones, streets look like pencil lines scrawled across the ground, and houses resemble Monopoly real estate. Yet the certified instructors at Adventure Paragliding assure first-timers that when they’re strapped in and soaring, a fear of heights seldom rears its head. That's because paragliding doesn’t involves the falling sensation of parachuting—pilots instead gently launch by jogging down a slight incline. When their feet leave the ground and the parachute-like sail carries them through the sky, they can turn and soar serenely, eventually landing softly.
The instructors fight myths about the scariness of their sport with regularity. They maintain that manning a paraglider takes more precision than bravery or physical strength, and their introductory lessons aim to impart that precision to all ages so that they might feel free flight and witness the midair views of the Rocky Mountains. For protégés in pursuit of loftier journeys, immersive certification programs cover more advanced techniques, such as ridge soaring and telling a snowcapped mountain apart from a giant sculpture of George Washington’s head.